Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Lincoln City ‘Senior Pastor’ George Moore dies at age 93

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At 12:50 a.m. Thursday, March 4, Lincoln City’s “Senior Pastor” George Moore, passed peacefully in his sleep at Life Care Center in McMinnville.   

Born in 1926, George spent his childhood on a farm in rural Brinkman, Okla. He recalls riding his blind horse to school, driving his dad’s Model A (at age 9), singing hymns with his sisters, and like a character in The Grapes Of Wrath, recalls watching that farm turn to dust during what is now referred to as the Great Depression. Like the novel, the family then moved to California.

George spent World War II in the Merchant Marines sailing the Pacific. When discharged, George moved back to Corona, California where he met and married Ruth Wilcox. They would remain married for 73 years. 

Ruth and George Moore
Ruth and George Moore

By 1959 the family included Diane, David, Peggy and Cary.

Soon after their marriage, George became a full-time Church of Christ minister. The Moore family made their home in the northwest and for the next seven decades George Moore would serve as pulpit preacher, teacher and missionary in the service of Christ. 

Of special note was George’s love for the people of Taiwan. After spending 1967-71 in Taipei, George continued to take yearly trips to support the work he began there in the Unity Village Church of Christ. He loved the people and the culture. 

George and Ruth have been residents of Lincoln City since purchasing Lil Sambos restaurant in 1995. George could often be seen at many bible studies taking place in the banquet room or at a table having a meal with a friend. His wife Ruth is a local celebrity as well and at 91 still runs her gift shop, hand-writing every tag placed on gift shop items.

A memorial service will be held at St Peter Lutheran Church at a date to be determined due to public health concerns. Pastor Ben Baker of the Church of Christ will be officiating.   

As for me, the rest of my life will include a big empty place where my dad used to be.

Donations in memory of George Moore can be sent to Coastal Support Services which provides services to our Lincoln City homeless.

Please mail your donation to 125 S.E. Mast Lincoln City, Oregon 97367.

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Cary Moore
Cary Moore
Cary is Executive Editor of Lincoln City Church News. Cary graduated from Pepperdine University and his favorite part of the week is Friday morning where he and father George Moore host a Christian men's breakfast at Lil Sambos.

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  1. George Moore was a Christian influence in my life for 70 years. He took me tennis playing at the age of 10. He taught me how to fish, baptized me and his positive influence affected my entire life. Well done George, good and faithful servant.

  2. Were it not for the corona virus Lincoln City would be several hundred visitors richer this weekend celebrating the life of George Moore. He and his wife Ruth have contributed to young people on mission trips, and paid for children’s Christian education. During the Moore’s early years in Lincoln City George walked the beach, picked up discarded pop cans to redeem for money. One youngster was the recipient of a bank account from those funds upon graduating from high school. Most of what the Moore’s contributed was completely anonymous. Our love to Cary an Ruth. We look forward to celebrating in the future.

  3. George Moore…. One of the greatest men I have had the privilege of knowing. My family and I have known the Moore’s since I was a baby in diapers. He was not only our favorite minister, but a loyal family friend. He baptized me, counseled me, and married me. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and were blessed to have him in their life. Love and warm hugs to Ruth, Cary, and David. Heaven rejoices!